World AIDS Day 2022
We are honored to join the World AIDS Day commemorations in Santa Clara County. As we reflect on this year’s theme of Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility, we thank the health care workers and advocates that have stepped up here in Santa Clara County to make us a leader in the work to get to zero cases. Click HERE for World AIDS Day 2022 information and events in Santa Clara County.
We’re looking to a future where we must continue the fight to stop new cases, expand and support the rights of people living with HIV, and tear down the stigmas and discrimination. After another hateful act [at Club Q] against a community that has faced too much, we stand in solidarity, we see you, and we’re going to fight for you to live freely and openly. LOVE WINS.
Locally we have made serious investments that are saving lives. With early linkage to medical care for HIV infected people, individuals learn about their infections early and get early access to medical care resulting in living longer, healthier lives. And most importantly reducing the likelihood to spread the disease to others.
Through solidarity and cooperation, we will ensure that in Santa Clara County the Getting to Zero initiative will reach zero new HIV infections, zero stigma, and zero HIV-related deaths. Santa Clara County offers free HIV testing, both in-person and self-testing, lower cost in-person STD testing / treatment and PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) / PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) information and referrals to treatment providers.
Santa Clara County also offers HIV/AIDS treatment and case management along with our Positive Connections program which offers access to primary health care and counseling service through referral, case management, and many other benefits that the county offers. Additional services can be accessed through AACI who operates Free Rapid HIV Testing, Education Sessions, Individual/Online Counseling.
Since 2014, Santa Clara County has had a consistently higher percentage of successful early linkage to medical care for HIV infected people compared to the national average. HIV positive people who learn about their infections early and get early access to medical care live longer, healthier lives and are less likely to spread the disease to others. The Santa Clara County Getting to Zero initiative focuses on reaching zero new HIV infections, zero stigma, and zero HIV-related deaths.
Click HERE to visit the Silicon Valley World AIDS Day website
Links & Resources:
HIV Commission: https://publichealth.sccgov.org/collaboratives/hiv-commission
HIV Prevention Info: https://publichealthproviders.sccgov.org/programs/hiv-prevention-information
Positive Connections Program: https://publichealth.sccgov.org/services/positive-connections-program
Public Health Dept STD/HIV Prevention & Control: For additional information or resource materials, please contact STD/HIV Prevention and Control at [email protected] or call (408) 792-3732.
Gender Health Center: https://www.scvmc.org/health-care-services/gender-health-center